International Programs
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Course Description

The course may be of interest for applicants from countries other than Russia who take interest in state and international relations, law and economics, governance and management, Russian domestic politics.

Some command of Russian is recommended for applicants but not required. During studies at MGIMO training will include courses on Russian language (10 academic hours weekly); the School provides an extensive teaching of “Russia knowledge”: specificities of doing business in Russia, psychology of ethnic relations in Russia, Russian political culture, key political processes and conflicts.

For students who have a strong command of Russian language intensive courses of advanced English are provided.

The program equips students with knowledge and skills required for employment or graduate research in politics, government, public administration, public policy, law, public speaking, and writing. This option is best suited to students who propose to get directly involved in the political process, government or political organization. For those not interested in pursuing law school, the course prepares graduates for employment in public or political organizations or for work in legal fields in a non-laweyering capacity. The course helps graduates better understand their role as global citizens who will live and be employed in an increasingly international, multi-cultural environment.

As part of their studies, students complete a set of core courses grounded in: Political Science, Governance and Management, Government Decision-Making and Implementation, Administrative Law, Civil Law, Strategic Thinking and Forecasting in Political Processes, Economics (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Global Economy), World History and Russian History, Psychology and Conflict Management.

These basic courses enable them to:

  • Understand the historical trajectory of government around the world.
  • Understand economics and the general workings of the economy which is increasingly necessary to make sense of governmental policy-making, the conduct of businesses and the enormous changes in economic and financial systems which are occurring throughout the world at the current time.
  • Become informed and critical consumers of information.
  • Appreciate the organizations and institutions of government both nationally and globally.
  • Develop analytical rigour and the ability to criticize and reason logically.
  • Be able to apply these skills to many contemporary and historical schools of thought, and to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or how we make operational recommendations.
Having completed the compulsory courses, students then hone their acquired knowledge in an Undergraduate Thesis. It covers contemporary policy problems and may be chosen from a diverse list including such issues as managing natural resources, governing migration, conflict and development, energy security, human rights and democracy, financial regulation, policy, terrorism and organized crime, the welfare state, global governance, etc.

In the last component of the B.A., students apply their skills in a semester-long project, completing an internship in Moscow offices of international organizations, think-tanks, media, or non-governmental organizations.

Upon graduation (i.e. having completed 8 semesters of studies) students are expected to be proficient in at least one foreign language other than Russian and their native tongue.

B.A. graduates may apply for one of the MGIMO’ M.A. programs taught in English, or a variety of M.A. courses at MGIMO-University or other Russian universities taught in Russian.

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